Testing Twin 10nm Ice Lake Xeon in 1U

Testing Dual 10nm Ice Lake Xeon in 1U

With the launch of Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon Scalable platform comes a brand new socket and a variety of options that distributors like Supermicro need to design for. The server and enterprise market is so huge that each design can are available a variety of configurations and settings, nevertheless one of many key components is managing compute density with reminiscence and accelerator assist. The SYS-120U-TNR we’re testing in the present day is a dense system with plenty of trimmings all inside a 1U, to which Supermicro is aiming at virtualization workloads, HPC, Cloud, Software program Outlined Storage, and 5G. This method will be outfitted with upwards of 80 cores, 12 TB of DRAM, and 4 PCIe 4.0 accelerators, defining a high-end resolution from Supermicro.

Servers: Basic Function or Hyper Centered?

Because of the manner the server and enterprise market is each expansive and optimized, distributors like Supermicro need to resolve easy methods to partition their server and enterprise choices. Smaller distributors would possibly select to focus on one explicit buyer, or go for a normal goal design, whereas the bigger distributors can have a large portfolio of methods for various verticals. Supermicro falls into this latter class, designing focused methods with massive prospects, but additionally enabling ‘customary’ methods that may do a little bit of every thing however nonetheless provide good whole price of possession (TCO) over the lifetime of the system.

Server dimension in comparison with a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD

When contemplating a ‘customary’ enterprise system, prior to now now we have sometimes noticed a twin socket design in a 2U (3.5-inch, 8.9cm top) chassis, which permits for a ample cooling design together with a variety of add-in accelerators resembling GPUs or enhanced networking, or area on the entrance panel for storage or further cooling. The system we’re testing in the present day, the SYS-120U-TNR, actually fields this ‘customary’ definition, though Supermicro does the extra step of optimizing for density by cramming every thing right into a 1U chassis.

With just one.75-inches (4.4cm) vertical clearance on provide, cooling turns into a precedence, which suggests substantial sufficient heatsinks and fast paced airflow backed by 8 highly effective 56mm followers, that are operating at as much as 30k RPM with PWM management. The SYS-120U-TNR we’re testing has assist for two Ice Lake Xeon processors at as much as 40 cores and 270 W every, in addition to further add-in accelerators (one twin slot full top + two single slot full top), and comes outfitted with twin 1200W Titanium or twin 800W Titanium energy provides, indicating that it’s suited up ought to a buyer wish to fill it with loads of {hardware}. You possibly can see within the picture above and on the best of the picture under, Supermicro makes use of plastic baffles to make sure that airflow via the heatsink and reminiscence is as laminar as potential.

LGA-4189 Socket with 1U Heatsink and 16 DDR4 slots

Even with the 1U kind issue, Supermicro has enabled full reminiscence assist for Ice Lake Xeon, permitting each processors sixteen DDR4-3200 reminiscence slots, able to supporting a complete of 12 TB of reminiscence with Intel’s Optane DCPMM 200-series.

On the entrance are 12 2.5-inch SATA/NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 scorching swappable drive bays, with six apiece coming from every processor. If we begin wanting into the place all of the PCIe lanes from every processor go, it will get a bit complicated in a short time:

By default the system comes with out community connectivity, solely with a BMC connection for admin management. Community choices requires an Extremely add-in riser card for twin 10GBase-T (X710-AT2), or twin 10GBase-T plus twin 10GbE SFP+ (X710-TM4). With the PCIe connectors, some other networking possibility could be configured, however Supermicro additionally lists the whole no-NIC possibility for air-gapped methods. The system additionally has three USB 3.0 ports (2 rear, 1 entrance), a rear VGA output, a rear COM port, and two SuperDOM ports internally.

Admin management comes from the Aspeed AST2600 which helps IPMI v2.0, Redfish API, Intel Node Supervisor, Supermicro’s Replace Supervisor, and Supermicro’s SuperDoctor 5 monitoring interface.

The configuration Supermicro despatched to us for overview incorporates the next:

  • Supermicro SYS-120U-TNR
  • Twin Intel Xeon Gold 6330 CPUs (2×28-core, 2.5-3.1 GHz, 2x205W, 2x$1894)
  • 512 GB of DDR4-3200 ECC RDIMMs (16 x 32 GB)
  • Twin Kioxia CD6-R 1.92TB PCIe 4.0×4 NVMe U.2
  • Twin 10GBase-T by way of X710-AT2

Full assist for the system contains:

Supermicro SYS-120U-TNR
AnandTech Information
Motherboard Tremendous X12DPU-6
CPUs Twin Socket P+ (LGA-4189)
Help third Gen Ice Lake Xeon
As much as 270W TDP, 40C/80T
7+1 Part Design Per Socket
DRAM 32 DDR4-3200 ECC Slots
As much as 8 TB
32 x 256 GB LRDIMM
As much as 12 TB
16 x 512 GB Optane
16 x 256 GB LRDIMM
Storage 12 x SATA Entrance Panel
Non-compulsory PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe Cabling
PCIe PCIe 4.0 x16 Low Profile
PCIe 4.0 x16 Low Profile (Inside)
2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 Full Top (10.5-inch size)
Extremely Riser for Networking
Networking None by default
Non-compulsory X710-AT2 twin 10GBase-T
Non-compulsory X710-TM4 twin 10GBase-T + SFP+
IO RJ45 BMC by way of ASpeed AST2600
3 USB 3.0 Ports (2 rear, 1 entrance)
1 x COM
2 x SuperDOM
Followers 8 x 40mm double thick 30k RPM with management
2 Shrouds, 1 per CPU socket+DRAM
Energy 1200W Titanium Redundant, Max 100A
Chassis CSE-119UH3TS-R1K22P-T
Software program
IPMI 2.0 by way of ASpeed AST2600
Supermicro OOB License included
Redfish API
Intel Node Supervisor
KVM with Devoted LAN
Watch Canine
SuperDoctor 5
ACPI Energy Administration
Non-compulsory 2x M.2 RAID Service
Broadcom Cache Vaults
Intel VROC Raid Key
RAID Playing cards + Cabling
{Hardware}-based TPM
Extremely Riser Playing cards
Be aware Offered as assembled system to resellers
(2 CPU, 4xDDR, 1xStorage, 1xNIC)

We reached out to Supermicro for some perception into how this technique could be configured for the completely different verticals. 

Supermicro Extremely-E SYS-120U-TNR
Configuration Variants
AnandTech CPU Reminiscence Storage Add-In
Virtualization ++ ++    
HPC ++     +
Cloud Computing handles all mainstream configs
Excessive-Finish Enterprise ++ ++ ++ ++
Software program Outlined Storage     + or 2U  
Software aaS + + + +
5G/Telco non-obligatory lengthy depth model of Extremely-E

Learn on for our benchmark outcomes.

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